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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    +1 from a 77-year-old.
  2. Re: Incredibly bizarre old banjo-mandolin

    Like the hypothesis that it's a hybrid. An 11-inch pot's quite large for a mandolin banjo, though fairly standard for a 5-string or tenor.
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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    Can't comment on Grisman and Bush, since I haven't watched the Rockygrass vid, but I heartily second Paul's suggestion.

    I largely shut down in terms of music performance from March 2020 to late...
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    Re: Scottish Mandolins

    All the Scots "outdoor" bagpipes I've heard, have been tuned in B flat. Perhaps an electronic chanter can be tuned to other keys...?

    If you want to play with fiddlers etc. B flat's not the primo...
  5. Re: New Eastman won't stay in tune - bad pegs?

    Are your strings going sharp or flat? Or are the changes sometimes one, sometimes the other?

    Consistently going flat can be an indication of new strings continuing to stretch out. You would find...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    Last music theory course I took was a semester in middle school. Over decades of just playing, I've accidentally picked up a fair amount, but it was as a fringe benefit of learning songs and tunes...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    Easier to scratch the top of a mandolin with a "flush" fingerboard, rather than the Lloyd Loar's raised fingerboard -- fer shur.
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    Re: A mystery mandolin on Craigslist

    This one's all over the place; note the pegs to which the strings are attached at the tailpiece. Could be an old mando with Bondo and magenta lacquer applied over the original bowl, and guitar...
  9. Thread: Gibson F5

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    Re: Gibson F5

    What you're finding is related to the variations in Gibson's manufacturing quality over the years. From the 1950's through the mid-'70's, the consensus is that Gibson mandolins (basically F-5's and...
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    Re: Washburn M6SW Opinions (early 2000s)

    Here's a 2010 thread on the M6SW. Lotsa pro and con. The specs on the mandolin, in Washburn's "Jethro Burns" series, are pretty impressive: carved solid woods, etc. It's a discontinued model,...
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    Re: Only change ONE string at a time!!

    Usually remove all the strings, so I can clean and polish the body of the mandolin, and de-gunk the fretboard with a microfiber cloth.

    Replace the bridge using the well-defined "footprints" on the...
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    Re: Lost (and need) a Hiscox case key

    First thing you do with the key to your new instrument case, is either [A] throw it away, [2] remove it to that drawer in your bedside table that you fill with the detritus of your life, or consign...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    Well, Wakefield reportedly baked his Loar in an oven, hoping to improve its sound. Monroe went after his with a pocket knife, excising the Gibson logo from the headstock, dissatisfied with Gibson's...
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    Re: Nugget Tailpiece on Flat-Top

    So, Lincoln freed the slaves, and Price frayed the sleeves? Interesting...
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    Re: Franz.schwarzer bowlback mandolin

    Duplicates this thread in Vintage Instruments.

    Also, is this an attempt to sell the mandolin, or just a request for information?
  16. Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    They say "northern European, quite likely German" to me -- cf. Mick & Nick, Posts #2 & #3.
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    Re: Help me identify this mandolin!

    Let's hope we didn't offend her (?) or scare her off, with -- in my opinion -- somewhat flippant and over-snarky responses.

    Appears to be someone who knows little about mandolins, and found...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    I stand corrected (actually, I'm sitting down, but still corrected)...
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    Re: Epiphone MM-30S vs. Gewa mandolins

    I would probably concur with the recommendation of the Epiphone; it has a solid top, heat-pressed and not carved (carved is better), and an otherwise standard laminated body. Like the Gewa A-1, it's...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    How long before it starts looking like his A-jr?
  21. Re: Need some help to assess the value of a restored 1972 F5 Gibs

    Argos, I'm basically quite sympathetic with your dilemma. You're not going to get many chances to find and test-drive a Gibson F-5 in France. The fact that the particular model you're trying, is...
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    Re: Rest in Peace - Byron Berline passes

    Pickin' and Fiddlin', 1965 album with the Dillards, is one of the iconic BG fiddle instrumental albums:
  23. Re: Need some help to assess the value of a restored 1972 F5 Gibs

    They're asking nearly $6,000 US for the F-5, which is quite steep. Gibson F'5's made just before the introduction of the F-5L in 1978 do not get the level of respect that earlier and later models...
  24. Re: Please Help ID Instrument - Partial Label and Pat 88 Tuning P

    The alternating wood strips in the bowl are more often found in turn-of-the-20th-century bowl-backs; the four-post (rather than eight-hook) tailpiece also suggests European (Italian?) manufacture. ...
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    Re: F Style Mandolins

    Most pre-1900 mandolins are what we call "bowl-backs," with construction derived from Renaissance lutes. They had bulbous bodies composed of a number of "staves" or "ribs" glued together, a top that...
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